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Help Helen Belcher get elected as MP for Chippenham

There is so much that is fantastic about our great country.

But the Conservative and Labour parties are letting us down.

Brexit has dominated our politics for too long. It's time for it to stop. The only way to do that is to remain as full members of the EU, with our feet under the table, making the laws that affect us. Because of the trade we do in Europe, leaving the EU, whether with or without a deal, means years more of tortuous and divisive negotiations.

Some people accuse me of not believing in Britain, purely because I think we should remain part of the EU.

Let me set out the Britain I believe in:

  • A country which works with other nations, as well as competing economically;
  • A country which cares for the vulnerable, recognising that tragedy can hit any one of us at any time;
  • A country which values opportunity, ensuring that everyone has the education and skills they need to prosper;
  • A country which values individual creativity, not reducing everything to a raw economic value;
  • A country which is fair, allowing everyone access to justice and the right of reply.
  • I am working to be the next MP for the Chippenham constituency because I want to help shape our brighter future.

Helen Belcher for Chippenham

Help us get Helen elected:

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  • Article: Apr 6, 2020

    We are leading a cross-party call for improved mental health support amidst Covid-19 crisis

    Social distancing means millions are now home alone, facing the prospect of only the most minimal contact with another soul for months. This isolation is likely to have a grave impact on their mental health.

    Millions more, without being completely isolated, will still be struggling with the rapid changes the coronavirus has wrought upon our way of life. People's anxiety will be further fueled by concern for the health of loved ones, or stress resulting from the impact of the pandemic on jobs and livelihoods.

    Given the unprecedented events we are living through, the need for mental health support could not be clearer. That's why the government must signpost the appropriate support services to every household, and adequately fund the charities that provide those services.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Social distancing means millions are now home alone, facing the prospect of only the most minimal contact with another soul for months. This isolation is likely to have a grave impact on their mental health.

    Millions more, without being completely isolated, will still be struggling with the rapid changes the coronavirus has wrought upon our way of life. People's anxiety will be further fueled by concern for the health of loved ones, or stress resulting from the impact of the pandemic on jobs and livelihoods.

    Given the unprecedented events we are living through, the need for mental health support could not be clearer. That's why the government must signpost the appropriate support services to every household, and adequately fund the charities that provide those services.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2020

    I'm sure many of us have said that we're going to use lockdown as an opportunity to catch up on some reading. Well, we've got the perfect thing!

    A good book or two provides a wonderful escape from these uncertain times

    Lib Dem Image, the official supplier of Liberal Democrats merchandise, is still open for business. As well as t-shirts, buttons and banners, we've got a generous array of books from and about various Liberal personalities - so why not take the chance to learn a little more about them and our party?

  • Article: Apr 4, 2020
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    At this moment of national crisis, the role of all opposition parties must be to support measures to tackle the coronavirus, whilst also standing up for the most vulnerable by properly scrutinising the Government. I look forward to working with Keir Starmer on that task.

    Saving lives from coronavirus remains the absolute priority. Vital issues such as expanding testing capacity, access to adequate protective equipment for frontline health and social care staff, and ensuring the most vulnerable are not left behind as a result of the economic uncertainty are at the top of the agenda.

  • Article: Apr 3, 2020

    NHS debt write off win must come with testing and PPE investment

    Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron claimed a campaign victory yesterday after the Government announced it will write off over £13bn of NHS debt and he has called for investment in Covid-19 testing and PPE for NHS staff.

    The announcement came after former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, revealed last year through a freedom of information request that £607,404,854 worth of interest on outstanding debt was paid by NHS Trusts to the Department for Health and Social Care in the previous five years.

  • Article: Apr 1, 2020

    The call follows reports that doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year.

    The coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat and people are rightly worried. In times like this, we cannot thank front-line staff enough for going above and beyond to look after us all.

    Extending the visas in the NHS is welcome, but the Government must also do so much more for the social care system and urgently rollout adequate PPE and testing.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2020

    Government must provide resources so councils can house all rough sleepers

    Responding to reports that the Government has written to all local councils asking them to find homes for all rough sleepers by the weekend to protect them from the coronavirus outbreak, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

    "It is right that the Government is taking urgent action to find secure accommodation for rough sleepers, as Liberal Democrats have called for since this crisis began.

    "The Government must also equip local authorities with the financial resources to provide sufficient secure emergency accommodation to meet demand. Ministers must also make specialist support available to those who struggle with addiction or other mental health issues, as is the case for so many people sleeping rough right across the UK."

  • Article: Mar 27, 2020

    As I'm sure you've all heard by now, the local elections we were expecting in May have been postponed until 2021. For many of us, this is disappointing news - especially after months of hard work - but it is absolutely the right call to keep us and our communities safe.

    In addition, any by-election that comes up and would be due before May 2021 will also be held off until then. Depending on the public health situation by-elections may restart sooner than May next year.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Not only are we going through what could become the country's biggest crisis since 1945, but we're also entering a very new world that will persist once the immediate crisis is over.

    I'm proud of what we have achieved so far by championing NHS workers and pressing the Government on issues such as offering a better deal to the self-employed.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    The NHS takes care of us and keeps us safe every day.

    Coronavirus is affecting every part of our lives and is already putting a huge strain on the NHS and NHS workers. We want to say thank you to the people working so hard to keep us all safe.

    We are so lucky to live in a country where we have access to such high-quality healthcare that's free at the point of use. It's saved countless lives and, over the coming weeks and months, it's going to save many, many more.